When considering the best jobs in Australia, most people think of the busy capital cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. However, regional Australia is currently experiencing record numbers of job vacancies!
Regional Australia boasted a 13 per cent increase in job opportunities from 2019 to 2020, while many of the country’s capital cities remain in post-COVID recession. So, could the best careers in Australia for international students be located in regional Australia?
What is regional Australia?
The Australian Government defines regional Australia as anywhere outside of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. So, a huge proportion of the country is classified as ‘regional’. This doesn’t mean the rest of the country is made up of only small, rural towns though.
Community-rich and unique regional towns, such as Bathurst, Orange and Albury-Wodonga are considered ‘Regional centres and other regional areas‘, while vibrant, buzzing capital cities and areas like Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, and the Gold Coast are classified as ‘Cities and Major Regional Centres’. Offering culture and lifestyle to rival the major cities, they also provide many benefits of living in a ‘regional’ area. As former Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack puts it, regional areas are “big enough to get a good cup of coffee… small enough to still care”.
What are the benefits of living in regional Australia?
If you being surrounded by nature, a more affordable and slower-paced lifestyle, and friendly neighbours, regional Australia could be a great place for you!
Locals and visitors alike agree that regional Australia feels like the ‘real Australia’. Spanning from the ocean to bushland, the outback to the rainforest; regional Australia is home to the quintessential natural Australian landscape the country is so famous for.
Living away from the hustle and bustle of capital cities offers a more relaxed way of life. Not to mention, the cost of living tends to be considerably lower in regional areas, which is perfect for international students on a budget.
What are the best jobs to have in regional Australia?
As an international student, you may be interested in finding a job in Australia. A ‘good job’ looks different for each person, with common metrics including salary packages, work/life balance, professional development, and location.
The exciting news is, as regional areas grow and develop, they are now home to many well-paid, exciting employment opportunities that once would have only been offered in the major cities. Some of the highest paying jobs in Australia are on offer in regional areas. Here are seven in-demand industries in regional Australia, according to the Australian Government’s Skilled Occupation List:
Agriculture is the science of cultivating plants and livestock. Australia is a huge country with diverse environments, from winemaking in South Australia, to cattle farming in New South Wales, to teaching Agricultural Instruction in Western Australia.
Current in-demand roles: Farmhands, managers, agricultural scientists and consultants.
Good oral health (and a nice smile!) can give you extra confidence in your everyday life. Remote areas in Australia have significantly fewer dentists than major cities. This means there’s a lot of room for growth in the dental industry in regional Australia, so now may be the perfect time to get started in dentistry.
Current in-demand roles: Dentists, dental specialists (including orthodontists)
Employment opportunities in business are abundant in regional areas due to technological advancements making remote work easier than ever. This diverse industry of corporate roles was once exclusively located in Central Business Districts, but are now available in regional areas.
Current in-demand roles: Operations managers, marketing officers, human resources officers, public relations officers, and designers
A great industry to pursue if you are interested in living in regional Australia, some state governments even offer annual financial incentives for full-time teachers to relocate to rural areas! From primary and high school teachers to regional education managers and even vocational education and training (VET) teachers, there are ample regional job opportunities in the education industry.
Current in-demand roles: Primary teachers, high school teachers, regional education managers, VET teachers
Accounting is a necessary part of life for businesses, charities, schools, governments, private citizens, and more. With a predicted strong future growth of accounting jobs in Australia, this career path will allow you to constantly learn and upskill so you will always be growing professionally.
Current in-demand roles: Accountants, taxation accountants, management accountants
Law is currently one of the top 10 highest paying careers in Australia. One of the great benefits of working in regional areas is less competition and expedited career progression and development, which is true for roles in the legal industry. There is also a broad range of roles available outside the traditional law firm environment.
Current in-demand roles: Barristers, solicitors, intellectual property lawyers
Healthcare is an incredibly diverse industry with great employment opportunities. Where there are people, there is a need for medical professionals! Demand is broad, moving beyond only doctors and nurses. Medical roles such as pathology collector, operating theatre technician, exercise physiologist, and dental therapist are currently included in the Skilled Occupation List.
Current in-demand roles: Specialist physicians (general medicine), emergency medicine specialists
What are my post-study work rights?
If you’ve studied at an Australian university as an international student, the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) allows you to live, study, and work in Australia after you have finished your studies.
Only international students who have graduated with a degree from a regional Australian institution are eligible for a second Post-Study Work stream visa. This means that after you have finished studying in regional Australia, you may be able to work in Australia for up to seven years (depending on your circumstances and eligibility).
To apply for the second Post-Study Work stream visa, you must currently be in Australia and must have lived in an eligible designated regional area for at least two years before applying for this stream. Due to COVID-19 border closures, international students who hold a current Australian student visa can apply for the Graduate Work stream or the Post-Study Work stream from outside of Australia.
Charles Sturt University‘s NSW campuses are located in some of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities. They offer a unique study experience with the best of city living and the benefits of a regional lifestyle. Plus, Charles Sturt University is ranked as Australia’s leading university for full-time graduate employment rates!
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